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(2006.10開催)「生命と未来へ。現代の浮世絵メッセージ展」
    於:ニューヨーク日本クラブ1階ギャラリー
    主催:現代の浮世絵メッセージ展実行委員会
後援:在ニューヨーク日本国総領事館、ビジット・ジャパン・キャンペーン実施本部、伊勢神宮式年遷宮広報本部

北斎の心意気を受け継ぐ現代浮世絵がニューヨークに上陸。
「江戸の心意気」をコンセプトに個展を開催。全国の12ヶ所の代表的な寺社に奉納した浮世絵と、江戸の粋を再現した歌舞伎絵、最新の印刷技術を生かした「彩り絵」を1階ギャラリーに展示、ニューヨーク市立図書館に作品が所蔵される事になりました。

“A modern ukiyo-e artist who inherits the spirit of Hokusai came to New York.”
A female ukiyo-e artist who attracts people’s attention for her “Edo Spirit” and power of description was finally coming to the United States. Her individual exhibition with the concept of “the Spiritual of Edo” was held at the Nippon Club. About twenty pieces including Ukiyo-e of deities which were dedicated to twelve major Shinto shrines in Japan, ukiyo-e of Kabuki which catch stylishness of Edo, paintings of these ukiyo-e and “Irodori-e”, the drawings of Edo produced with the newest printing technology. All of these was displayed at the gallery in the first floor, And her work was possessed in the New York Public Library.
Individual exhibition:
From Monday 9th October to Friday 20th October, 2006
At New York Nippon Club first floor gallery
145 West 57th street, New York, NY 10019
 Promoter: Executive Committee of Messages from MIHASHI Mari, a modern ukiyo-e artist
Sponsor: Consulate General of Japan in New York, Visit Japan Campaign Headquarters, Public Affairs
Headquarters for Shikinen Sengu

「彩絵・いろどりえ」とは―

江戸期の浮世絵版画の歴史は、常に新しい版画技術への模索、挑戦であった。未知の分野に向かい果敢に挑戦する開拓精神を現代浮世絵師としても踏襲するべきである。現代浮世絵とは、描かれる対象物の選択に日本の伝統風習を踏まえるものであり、脈々と続く心の文化を次世代に伝えるものである。また一方で、時代の息吹も取り入れ、新しい文化を創っていく役割を持つ。由って、国宝伝統越前奉書を使用、現代最先端の版画技術と旧来の職人による版画技術を融合、それぞれの良い特徴を併せ持つ、今までに類を見ない全く新しい日本発で世界初の版画制作に成功。錦絵に代わる浮世絵版画である。

協力工房:
・ 「越前奉書紙」―人間国宝、九代岩野市兵衛
・ 「画像出力、ジグレ―版画」Photographing, Giclee―竹内版画工房
・ 「シルク版画、ジグレー版画」Serigraphy, Giclee―小林美研


Irodori-e

The history of Ukiyo-e (Japanese woodcut printing) during the Edo period is that of a constant search for a new printing technique - a difficult challenge. As a modern Ukiyo-e artist, Mari Mihashi believes in the importance of continuing a pioneering spirit, courageously facing unknown fields and daring to attempt them. Modern Ukiyo-e chooses subjects that reflect traditional Japanese customs, and passes the cultural aspects of its spirit down to the next generation, a process that never ends. It occupies an important role in the creation of a new culture by capturing a
hint of the time. As one way of achieving this, the artist employs a traditional national
treasure, Echizen-Hoshogami, a very heavy paper of the best quality still found in Japan, along with new methods that combine traditional and state-of-the-art digital printing. The result is the world’s first technique for producing magnificent one-of-a-kind prints that join the virtues of the ancient to those of modern.
Thus, this emerging Ukiyo-e printing technique may one day replace what is know as Nishiki-e ? the traditional colored-woodcut technique, which dates back to the 17th century.

Cooperated studios
Echizen-Hoshogami: a living national treasure, the Ninth, Iwano-ichibei
Photography and Giclee print: Takeuchi Print Studio Co., Ltd.
Serigraph and Giclee print: Kobayashi-Biken, Inc.

Irodori-e”, was possessed in the New York Public Library.:
NYパブリックライブラリー・スペンサーコレクションに彩絵が収蔵される
Scenes of the Gallery: 展示風景
Scenes of the reception: レセプション風景

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